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Mary

A woman saw a pregnant Mary wandering the streets and took her in. She told Mary to go to Aberdeen Women’s Centre for prenatal care...

Eighteen-year-old Mary Sesay was living with her older sister in Aberdeen when she became pregnant. Soon after she learned this she was told to leave her home because the space was too small for both mother and child. At this point, the father of her unborn baby became emotionally and physically abusive to Mary. Now Mary had no home and no partner to help her raise her child. A woman saw a pregnant Mary wandering the streets and took her in. She told Mary to go to Aberdeen Women’s Centre for prenatal care and while there Mary was approached by Hagar Olu-Jones.

Hagar is one of the instructors for AWC’s Dream Girls Programme -where girls are taught sewing, crocheting, tailoring, and health education- and actively recruits girls for the programme by meeting with pregnant teens who register in the maternity unit. Mary joined the Dream Girls programme and loved making friends and learning new skills in the class every week. Hagar noticed that Mary was a fast learner and told her about AWC’s Hostel Girls’ Programme, where she had the opportunity to learn skills like catering, hospitality, and housekeeping. Mary took Hagar’s advice and joined the program.

Since joining, Mary has been a shining example to the other girls in the programme. She works very hard and is one of the best cooks in the programme. Her dream is to work in the hospitality industry and make enough money to give her daughter Elvira, a quality education.

“My favourite things to make are pancakes and puff cakes. I love catering and cooking, and hope to work in the hotel business someday”

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"Pay the salary of a midwife in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone has some of the highest rates of both maternal and infant mortality. Having a baby in Sierra Leone is more than 500 times more dangerous than having a child in Australia. Almost 3,000 women and 20,000 children die each year from preventable health-related issues. With the Aminata Maternal Foundation, for as little as $100AUD, you can pay the salary of a midwife to ensure women and children survive the pregnancy."

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Beautiful article on @womensagenda featuring our CEO @aminata_conteh_biger
Thank you @womensagenda for your support.

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Meet Sydney-based Aminata Conteh-Biger, a remarkable woman who is dramatically improving maternal health in what is considered the most dangerous country in the world to have a baby, Sierra Leone. Aminata’s story is one of the most courageous we’ve ever heard, which she’s just shared in her new memoir, Rising Heart.
Read more about Aminata and her foundation on our homepage.
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Today is the first day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Since 1991, the campaign that started at the inaugural Women's Global Leadership Institute invites the world to raise awareness and tackle violence against women.

With your support, the Aminata Foundation is taking action to ensure that more women in Sierra Leone can access a safe birth. At the Aberdeen Women Centre, skilled health practitioners provide mothers with antenatal and postnatal classes, family planning resources and psychological support to care for the women and girls victims of rape.

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#WorldChildrensDay is celebrated to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. Please keep the children we safely deliver and support through health checks and immunisations, in your thoughts.
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$60.210,00 and counting! It’s incredible what we can accomplish when we’re in it together!

We want to thank each and every one of you. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown towards the AMF Walking Challenge.

Motherhood should mark a beginning, not an end.

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After finishing a lovely walk and maximising your support for mothers and babies in Sierra Leone, why not treat yourself to a nice shopping day?

We know that one of fundraisers will be delighted to shop at @Moya.sydney a Sydney based designer boutique with an exclusive edit of European and US labels with a $100 gift card!

Thank you @Moya.sydney for supporting our campaign! You can visit their website at https://moyasydney.com.au/

Don’t forget to share your link and spread the word!

**If you signed up as a fundraiser team and received at least one deposit, you have a chance to win one of the prizes we announced.

Aminata Conteh-Biger will draw the prize on Sunday 15 November. Stay tuned.

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"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" - Helen Keller.

The AMF Walk was an initiative of the nurses @parisfittler @rosie_kemp @stephdowsett @lilliecarolan. Last year they organised the fundraising walk to raise enough money to cover the cost of 10 cesarean operations at Aberdeen Women's Centre.

This year, we couldn't walk together, but the AMF family has grown stronger. The event had 187 fundraising teams who collectively raised over $55.000,00.

Thank you all for joining us in our mission to make birth safer for the most vulnerable women in Sierra Leone.

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We’re grateful to announce another generous AMF Walking Challenge sponsor for 2020, @loccitaneaus who has given our team a luxurious set of goodies for one of our top fundraisers, as thanks!

L’Occitane uses traceable and natural ingredients that are as good for the planet and skin.

Thank you to all our fundraisers and donors so far, your efforts are truly astounding!

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